Metropolitan Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker is a fun family tradition that will lift your spirits this holiday season!
Rated a “Best Bet for Holiday Entertainment in and around DC” by DC Metro Theater Arts!
Metropolitan Ballet Theatre has been presenting the full-length traditional staging of The Nutcracker at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center in Rockville at Montgomery College since 1989. Year after year audiences are enchanted by MBT’s performances which feature student and professional dancers, fabulous costumes, and beautiful scenery – including a Christmas tree that seemingly grows forever, magical dancing dolls, marching toy soldiers, giant mice, a dazzling blizzard with dancing snowflakes and a land of luscious sweets. MBT is thrilled to be able to keep the tradition and magic of The Nutcracker alive during this challenging time for all arts organizations. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the season!
The Nutcracker Suite
MBT added our popular short-length version of this classic holiday tale to our season. Metropolitan Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker Suite is a perfect, shorter-length introduction to the theater and ballet, geared to young audiences!
Metropolitan Ballet Theatre has been presenting the full-length traditional staging of The Nutcracker since 1989. We introduced The Nutcracker Suite in 2017 to sold-out audiences at MBT’s Black Box Theater, and took it to the larger stage with our 30th annual season at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center in 2018!
Only three performance times are available for The Nutcracker Suite, which is geared to younger audiences. These will sell out quickly!
Each performance of The Nutcracker Suite will last under 45 minutes with no intermission.
The Spring Ballet
Each spring, Metropolitan Ballet Theatre presents a different full-length ballet or mixed repertory production to the community. Metropolitan Ballet Theatre has produced dozens of enchanting ballets, including fairy tales such as Cinderella, ballet classics like Coppelia, short stories like Peter and the Wolf, and other delightful originals such as Snow White and Thumbelina, featuring the music of the famous classical composers. In March 2016, MBT produced its first completely original ballet, Becoming Sugar Plum, the story of how the Sugar Plum Fairy came to be, complete with an original score from composer Alexandra T Bryant, choreography from Elizabeth Odell Catlett and Katerina Rodgaard, and lighting from Lynn Joslin. Ms. Catlett and Heather Katz wrote the accompanying storybook for children.
For mixed repertory productions, local choreographers also get the chance to have their works debuted in a professional setting by MBT dancers. Vanessa Carmichael-Elder (from Teatro De Danza Contemporanea), Nicole Y.M. McBrayer (from Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance), and Derrick Spear (from Washington Reflections Dance Company) have all choreographed works for MBT in past years. These choreographers bring different dance styles to MBT, challenging the dancers to move beyond what is normally taught in class and wowing audiences with their diversity, innovation, and creativity.
The Collectives & Student Choreography Competition
MBT hosts the Winter Collective and Spring Collective performances at the end of each semester during the academic year. The Collectives showcase and celebrate student progress through performances from all of our class levels. All students are given the opportunity to take the stage. While upper level Academic students participate in choreography projects during the spring semester, final selections are presented in the student choreography competition as part of the Spring Collective.